Introduction: [A Cheaper Way To] Play Videos From Your Ipod on the BIG[er] SCREEN!!!

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After I saw the sat instructable that basically told you to buy some stuff, I had to share this with the world, it uses a 3.5mm AV jack (standard if you own a Digital Video camera or DV camera) with a couple of the plugs reversed.


:: An iPod Video
:: An AV-RCA cable with a 3.5mm head
:: A TV
:: Half a Brain

Step 1: Enable TV Output

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Under the TV output settings, just make sure it says "Ask" Instead of "Off"

So when you select a video, the screen in the second picture will pop up.

Step 2: Get the RCA Cable

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Got it ?

Step 3: Plug It In, Plug It In!

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Now comes the tricky part, you have to plug the headphone jack end ALL THE WAY IN to your ipod.

The even trickier part is actually plugging in the RCA cables, just follow the diagram on picture 2,

The Red cable goes in the Yellow hole,
The white cable goes in the Red hole
The Yellow Cable goes in the White hole

Easy Huh?

Step 4: All Done,

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Now go to the movies option in the main menu, find a movie that you want to watch, and select TV ON from the little menu we talked about earlier.

Step 5: DONE!!!!

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Now you can finally enjoy your little movies on the big(ger) screen!


Jo-dan (author)2010-06-13

where can you get one of these cables?

Robot Lover (author)2010-03-02

they are all in different holes... do you know something that i don't?!

Diabloscope (author)2010-01-27

Go to a car stereoshop,  they have a universal adapter ,for cars & CAN BE USED IN YOUR HOME , using the main connector on the bottom  ,   , it has  two wires for 12v+  connection  for Charging ,   has resistor built in .  if you are creative and  have a 12volt power adapter  ,you  dont have to worry about battery running Down !! 

homemovies64 (author)2009-10-17

 my 5th gen white 60gb ipod video wont work with this connection! Help please

tyeo098 (author)homemovies642009-10-17

Make sure you have the connections right. The colors are mixed up.

miqt (author)2009-06-29

...what firmware do you have to have on your ipod video, 5 or 5.5??? because i don't see any options of "tv" or anything like that.....i have audio, but not video...any help? 5th generation video ipod should work, right?

abadfart (author)2009-05-16

dose this work with zunes

tyeo098 (author)abadfart2009-05-16

Dont know, dont have a zune. Build it and tell us!

kiranshila (author)2009-03-19

For any of you who are wondering, the new iPod Nano Chromatic, iPhone, or iPod Touch 1st or 2nd gen have a cable with a ID chip in them. This hack works only for the older models.

schoonovermr (author)kiranshila2009-04-12

I got the sound on the tv, but not anything else. I have an ipod touch by the way.

tbone121 (author)2009-03-03

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Sigsaucer647 (author)2009-02-09

someone needs to make one for the newer ipods that use the dock connector

Herminator (author)2008-12-26

For the ipods that don't work with this, get a cable with a built in chip.

z50j (author)2008-12-19

does this work with the 2nd gen ipod touch?

Emankcin (author)2008-07-27

This doesn't work with the 3rd gen Nano. After I hook stuff up, and select the movie, and get to the step where it asks if I want to enable TV, and I select yes, it says to connect the TV out cable. I tried to trick the system by connecting the firewire connector, but it didn't buy it.

tyeo098 (author)Emankcin2008-07-27

That's because the new ipods use the dock connector and there's no HW for the headphone jack hack.

vatkin (author)2007-12-19

im almost sure this doesn't work with the ipod classic (6 gen ipods) and probably also the 3rd gen nanos

gizmo_ult (author)vatkin2008-06-21

it does just on your ipod it says video then click and go to settings that easy

craigdiesel666 (author)vatkin2008-06-07

I can confirm this. I have the 80 gig Classic, and it needs the cable w/ a dock connector to send video out.

carlos66ba (author)2007-06-13

OK, OK, lets stop this! We've taken over the thread for things that are really uncorrelated to it. Let's be friends :-) (should we delete all of this thread, since it is useless for the discussion at hand?)

technodude92 (author)carlos66ba2008-01-21

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PSPerson (author)NoBetterName2008-05-31

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wtf whys it say removed by toaster

Damn those toasters! They always delete my posts!

roy is cool4 (author)2008-05-29

This works with the iPod Shuffle, but there's no picture.

Migeul Sanchez (author)2008-04-02

That Apple always changing the ipod for the worse so they can sell more of ipod specific products. Grr

jonross (author)2008-04-02

This doesn't work. It says i need to plug in a tv adapter.

tyeo098 (author)jonross2008-04-02

Do you have a classic? You need only a 5g ipod video (30-60-80gig)

FreshPineSent (author)2008-01-06





Mario2007 (author)technodude922008-01-27

Are awesome !!

AMalePoet (author)2007-06-18

Do you know why you have to put the wires in as you instructed? I realise you "repurposed" the cable. Why isn't the standard color code right for this? I've been messing with connecting things for years. Before surround sound I hooked up a solid state stereo amp to the sereo out put of my VCR. I heard the engine bass sound back when Star Trek Next Geration first aired. The older TV's of the time tended to be too mid range or voice capible wthn the built in speakers.

technodude92 (author)AMalePoet2008-01-21

the reason the wiring is screwy is because apple in their "infinite" wisdom decided to make you pay them for a special AV Cable when in fact this "special" AV cable is a regular one with different color jacks.

dphillipsb (author)2008-01-08

Yeah, well this does'nt work if you have a brand new 80gb video. They must have put a new feature, when you go to play the video it comes up with a picture of the bottom connector and says to connect one to the bottom. Someone correct me if i'm wrong. Yes I switched them and turned tv to "ask"

tyeo098 (author)2007-12-04


It plays videos from the ipod to the tv

Baller14 (author)2007-12-04

Does it put it on ur iPod like download it to ur iPod

arkburn (author)2007-11-28

Alright since I have the latest install of itunes and a 80 gig hard drive getting the video through the head phone port isn't working, although I can get music to the tv through that port. Has any one seen a hack/solder job on a usb cable to a tri color rca plug?? Can you point me in the right direction? Please?

alvincredible (author)2007-10-23

it didnt work for me -_-

tyeo098 (author)alvincredible2007-10-23

did you reverse the cables as shown?

alvincredible (author)tyeo0982007-10-23

yeah -_-

X86-1138 (author)2007-10-04

The reason the wire hook up is the way it is, is because Apple wants you to purchase their A/V cable. They purposely changed the out put cables to do this. Their are actually several posts on the internet that explain this trick and the reason why. Later, X86-1138

DIY Dave (author)2007-06-10

Can you watch the games and pictures on the TV using this cable also?

pmac93 (author)DIY Dave2007-07-31

nahh it doesn't ask you for the TV output when you play a game, but pictures work

rob2202 (author)2007-06-13

were did you get the did you reuse it or did you buy it...and does it play video guess is yes...also if i have to buy one is there somewhere really cheap that i can buy it from

tyeo098 (author)rob22022007-06-14

mine came with a video camera, you can probably buy one at best buy or like ebay or something...

tyeo098 (author)2007-06-11

Apple tech support... Yea cuz no one knows how to plug stuff in...(Hell us guys have beendion it for MILLIONS of years!)lol

LasVegas (author)tyeo0982007-06-13

You'd be surprised how many service calls result in re-plugging in a power cord or peripheral.

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